WGC-HSBC Champions & SFC OAD


Not enough hours in the day for a full SFC preview but if you choose to read you’ll see some angles thrown in here at the end.

The Asia swing features the second event in as many weeks with a YUGE payday.

Just because this is week four doesn’t mean it’s time to toss a pick away!



Each week I painfully writhe and wretch trying to figure out the proper strategy to find a player that will hit the top 10. Wins are great but aren’t likely, so I’m satisfied with having a chance to hit the big money. Missed cuts are absolutely the death in this game, but even the surest of things don’t always happen in the reality world of fantasy golf.

Remember, fade or follow, it’s up to you.

Gamers who are new to OAD must remember that the most lucrative purses, the majors (four events), WGC events (four events), THE PLAYERS and FedExCup Playoffs (four events), are down the road and you’ll need to save some big boys for these events. We also added THE CJ CUP last week so that makes 14 of them, and the second in two weeks.

Pay attention, it’s free.

History Channeled:

2015-16 Season total: $5,978,929; 47 events

  • Wins: 2 (Matsuyama, Hoffman)
  • Seconds: 0
  • Thirds: 1
  • Top 10s: 9
  • Top 25s: 18
  • MC: 8 (Mickelson, FIO; Oosthuizen, SHO; Chappell, Colonial; Casey, Memorial; Woodland, FESJC; Hearn, RBC Canadian; McGirt, Wyndham; Justin Thomas, DBC)


2016-17 Season total: $6,533,509 45 events

  • Wins: 1
  • Seconds: 1
  • Thirds: 1
  • Top 10s: 12
  • Top 25s: 20
  • MCs (10): Grayson Murray (Safeway Open); Patton Kizzire (SFC); Jamie Lovemark (CB Challenge); Jimmy Walker (FIO); Charl Schwartzel (Genesis); Russell Knox (Honda); Henrik Stenson (API); Thomas Pieters (Zurich); Kevin Kisner (WFC).


Event Golfer Place Money
Safeway Open Grayson Murray MC $0
CIMB Classic Hideki Matsuyama T-2 $756,000
WGC-HSBC Champions Martin Kaymer T-40 $62,000
Sanderson Farms Patton Kizzire MC $0
Shriners Chris Kirk T-61 $14,190
OHL Mayakoba  Emiliano Grillo T-10 $175,000
RSM Classic Russell Henley T-10 $150,000
SBS TOC Brandt Snedeker T-14 $122,000
Sony Open Charles Howell, III T-8 $180,000
CB Challenge Jamie Lovemark MC $0
Farmers Insurance Jimmy Walker MC $0
WMPO Brendan Steele T-16 $90,952
AT&T Pebble Beach Phil Mickelson 65th $15,120
Genesis Open Charl Schwartzel MC $0
Honda Classic Russell Knox MC $0
WGC-MC Justin Rose T-38 $64,000
Valspar Bill Haas T-41 $21,451
Arnold Palmer Henrik Stenson MC $0
Puerto Rico Open Luke List T-37 $12,900
WGC-Match Play Rory McIlroy T-30 $74,000
Shell Houston Open Jon Rahm T-10 $182,000
Masters Jordan Spieth T-11 $223,200
RBC Heritage Matt Kuchar T-11 $114,045
Valero Texas Open Charley Hoffman T-40 $21,727
Zurich Classic Thomas Pieters MC $0
Wells Fargo Kevin Kisner MC $0
THE PLAYERS Sergio Garcia T-30 $65,205
AT&T Byron Nelson Brooks Koepka T-50 $18,090
DEAN & DELUCA Bud Cauley T-41 $24,050
Memorial Dustin Johnson MC $0
FedEx St. Jude Classic Billy Horschel T-4 $252,000
U.S. Open Rickie Fowler T-4 $420,334
Travelers Paul Casey T-5 $248,200
Quicken Loans Patrick Reed T-17 $99,400
Greenbrier Tony Finau T-7 $228,975
John Deere Classic Daniel Berger T-5 $189,840
The Open Adam Scott T-22 $88,000
RBC Canadian Bubba Watson T-42 $42,200
WGC-BI Branden Grace T-28 $73,562
PGA Championship Tommy Fleetwood T-61 $21,300
Wyndham Webb Simpson 3rd $394,400
THE NORTHERN TRUST Justin Thomas T-6 $283,281
DTC Louis Oosthuizen T-30 $54,337
BMW Marc Leishman WIN $1,575,000
Tour Championship Jason Day T-17 $176,750
Total $6,533,509.00


Streaks have an abrupt way of ending.

Solo second and T-7 and now T-47 suggests I’m moving in the wrong direction.

Safeway — Tony Finau, 2nd.

CIMB — Paul Casey, T-7.

CJ CUP — Keegan Bradley, T-47.


Last week:


I’m trying to remind myself that I’ll use Leishman down the road again, and I will, but that’s brutal.

Especially with almost $1 million being paid to solo second that he cashed.

I dodged the 77 bullet with Casey last week so I guess my luck was up.

Hey look! Luke List top five! Too bad I didn’t have the guts to pull that trigger…



CJ CUP Recap:

My Weekly Finalists:

My Choice: Keegan Bradley — T-47

Close Second: Marc Leishman — 2ND

Outliers: Gary Woodland — T-40, Thomas Pieters — T-28

Gut Shot(s): Kyle Stanley — T-19

Rank Outsider(s): Luke List — T-5, Ollie Schniederjans — T-19, Jenghun Wang — ALMOST last


Keys this Week:

Bombs away!

Check the winners.

Check the top 10’s over the years.

All power players and usually premium players.

This is one of the 14 weeks of the year a premium player MUST be taken (four WGC events, four majors, THE PLAYERS, CJ Cup and four FEC Playoff events).

This shouldn’t be a difficult one this week.

You do you.

I’ll do me.

We can learn from each other.


My Weekly Finalists:

My Choice: Hideki Matsuyama

Close Second: Marc Leishman

Outliers: Ross Fisher, Tyrell Hatton, Matthew Fitzpatrick

Gut Shot(s): Francesco Molinari

Rank Outsider(s): Kyle Stanley, Patrick Cantlay,  Yao Ming



The winner this week will be…

No mark, that’s for sure. The “worst” players to win a WGC recently are Shane Lowry and Russell Knox so nobody lucks into one of these

Why all the Euros?

Good question and better answers!

1.) They’re currently in season and this event counts in their Race to Dubai.

2.) They’re used to travel and weekly culture shocks as they hobnob around the continent and the rest of the world.

3.) Most of the ones I have listed will NOT be in the Playoffs so “saving” them for later could be a bit silly.

Should I avoid US Tour players?

Not necessarily but I don’t think Dustin Johnson flying over for one event makes sense. I’d rather load him up after he’s knocked off some rust. As I’ve mentioned before, when $9.75 million is on the line with a very top-heavy field and no cut, it’s not the week to play defense. Winning $1.66 million this week is not irrelevant. Saving guys for the Playoffs are if your league pays more for those wins. It’s case-by-case for most of you.


Sanderson Farms

My Weekly Finalists:

My Choice: Chesson Hadley

Close Second: Jason Kokrak, Andrew Landry

Outliers: Tyler Duncan, Bronson Burgoon, Brice Garnett

Gut Shot(s): Austin Cook, Elvis Pressley

Rank Outsider(s): Hunter Mahan, Blayne Barber, Sam Burns

Good luck and remember that it’s already Thursday in China!

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